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|BLM's Revised Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Released|
Tyler J. Garrett; Holland & Hart LLP;
May 23, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013On May 16, 2013, the Department of the Interior released a revised draft rule governing hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands. The revised draft follows an initial proposal released on May 11, 2012, which received over 177,000 comments. The revised draft rule will undergo another 30-day...
|DOE Ends LNG Export Approval Moratorium|
Florence K.S. "Flossie" Davis, Joseph H. Fagan, Michael A. Stosser; Day Pitney LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 21, 2013The Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy (DOE/FE) ended a nearly two-year moratorium on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export approvals on Friday when it conditionally approved the export of LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States (non-FTA...
|States Square Off Over Potential Federal Regulation of Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Operations|
Greg A. Christianson, Tom Gede, Clara Maria Poffenberger, Rick R. Rothman, Julia E. Stein; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2013On May 2, 2013, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, joined by 12 other state Attorneys General, cautioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) from engaging in negotiations with seven Northeastern states over potential federal regulation of methane emissions...
|Québec’s New 800 MW Wind Power Procurement|
Daniel Bénay, Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Marc Dorion, Mathieu LeBlanc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
May 17, 2013, previously published on May 10, 2013On May 10, 2013, the Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, together with the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet, the Minister for Regions and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Gaétan Lelièvre, and the Minister for Tourism...
|Québec Bill to Prohibit Certain Shale Natural Gas Exploration and Production Activities|
Dominique Amyot-Bilodeau, Daniel Bénay, Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Mathieu LeBlanc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
May 17, 2013, previously published on May 15, 2013On May 15, 2013, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Yves-François Blanchet, introduced Bill 37 in the Québec National Assembly in order to establish a moratorium on various activities related to shale natural gas exploration and production in...
|BLM Proposes Updates to Onshore Oil and Gas Orders|
Holland Hart LLP;
May 6, 2013, previously published on May 3, 2013The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to update Onshore Oil and Gas Orders 3, 4, and 5 concerning oil and gas production and measurement. BLM's changes are in response to recommendations from the Interior Department and the GAO. BLM is accepting feedback on these proposed updates through...
|SCAQMD First in California to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing|
Richard J. McNeil; Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.;
May 6, 2013, previously published on April 30, 2013The possible benefits (and possible burdens) of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California have received significant media attention lately. Much of this attention has focused on the exploitation of the Monterey Shale Formation, an oil-rich subterranean rock formation in Central...
|FERC’s Wright Testifies on Hydropower Legislation|
Peter S. Glaser, Kevin C. Greene, Daniel L. Larcamp, Clifford S. Sikora, Lara L. Skidmore; Troutman Sanders LLP;
May 6, 2013, previously published on April 30, 2013On April 23, 2013, FERC’s Director of Office of Energy Projects, Jeff C. Wright, testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources concerning draft legislation aimed at increasing hydropower production in the United States. The draft legislation at issue included S. 545,...
|Dunham Rule Confirmed - Provides Clarity; Pa. Supreme Court Confirms Dunham Rule; Provides Clarity to Title Examiners and Oil and Gas Industry with Butler Decision.|
Dickie McCamey Chilcote P.C.;
May 3, 2013, previously published on April 25, 2013“Simply put, natural gas is presumptively not a mineral for purposes of private deeds.” In a single sentence, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court resolved any doubts regarding the continued vitality of the longstanding Dunham Rule. Under the Dunham Rule, a rebuttable presumption arises that...
|Part I - How will North Carolina Handle Forced Pooling?|
Jessica L. Kimble; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
May 1, 2013, previously published on April 25, 2013By October 1, 2013, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) must report its findings and recommendations for hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental Review Commission. One of the issues being considered by the...